Plane crash in Egypt: & nbsp; British government wants to know about hidden bomb
According to a report by the BBC, the British government received indications that a bomb might have been hidden in the hold of the Airbus A321. The BBC information was based on intercepted talks by militia in the Sinai Peninsula. Previously, the terrorist militia IS claimed to be responsible for the disaster.
170 killed in the crash of a Tupolev-154M from Pulkovo Airlines near Donetsk in the Ukraine. On the flight from Anapa to St. Petersburg, the pilots tried to fly over a storm front.
Meanwhile, the Russian tourists stranded in Egypt have to forego their luggage when returning home. "The tourists from Russia are brought home without a suitcase," said the head of the tourism authority, Oleg Safonov, on Saturday in Moscow. Only hand luggage is allowed.
The Russian tourist authority now assumes that about 80,000 Russian tourists are trapped in Egypt. Several airlines sent empty machines to the country on the Nile for the return transport of the people
An Aeroflot machine with 86 passengers on board left Cairo Airport in the direction of Moscow on Saturday morning. Actually 199 people were booked on the machine, said an airport spokesman. The other travelers would have refused, however, because they were allowed to take only hand luggage because of the increased security measures.
The civil defense should take care of the luggage left behind in Egypt. According to Tass, the agency said it would send cargo planes to the Egyptian seaside resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada.
Bringing the tourists back to Russia is an organizational show of strength that experts estimate could take several weeks. At the Egyptian airports, military personnel participated in the handling of Russian tourists for the return transport, said Crisis Chief Dvorkovich. Russian experts should travel to the country on the Nile over the weekend to consult with Egyptian counterparts on security measures at airports, he said.
Up to 20,000 Britons are also stuck in the region. A large-scale return action by the British government was sluggish. According to official data, initially only 8 out of 29 planned special flights were allowed to start. The Egyptian authorities blame them for insufficient airport capacity and stricter security measures.
Journalists in Sharm el Sheikh reported a tense atmosphere at the city's airport. Some reporters were denied access to the airport grounds, filming was partially prohibited. Even in the seaside resort itself, the army had built a checkpoint.